Reflections on Georgetown McDonough School of Business

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business admit weekend.  Quick and easy to get to by bus, the Hariri building on Georgetown’s campus is beautiful.  It was great seeing how the light streamed in through the ceiling on Friday (but not on gloomy.. gloomy Saturday).  I had a great time with the admitted and current students.  Enough about the building though – I’m sure the most people are more interest in the take-ways from the weekend… So here we go.

1.  Location Location Location:

One thing that kept being emphasized over the weekend was Georgetown’s location in Washington, D.C.  While as a current resident of D.C. this point didn’t really hit home for me, I know that for the other folks from out of town it was definitely a cool part of the school.  Stepping back and thinking about it though, it is incredibly cool that during a class on Brazil, for example, the ambassador to and from Brazil can waltz in through the door and talk about the issues first-hand to students.  Other cool things include the fact that the Fed and the Treasury Department are literally down the road.  Reading up on finance or fiscal policy?  Stroll down the road and talk to the folks setting the policy!  Combine that with a string of star speakers including President Obama, you’ve got an awesome extra-curricular lecture series that can really augment the academics.

2. Business + Public Policy:

The aspect that kept being reinforced throughout the school was the importance of public policy in business.  This shouldn’t come as any surprise given the fact that Georgetown is based in Washington, D.C.  It’s really interesting that McDonough introduces public policy and its importance to businesses and business decisions inside it’s classes and clubs.  I don’t know if there are other business schools that focus on the role that government plays in the private sector. The business and public policy global residency is another great part of the program, allowing students to really engage and get some real-world experience in this area.  McDonough School of Business really takes this seriously and it shows.

3. An undercurrent of finance…?

While not explicitly stated in any of their material, by students, or by their programs, I got a feeling that a lot of people coming out of Georgetown went into finance.  Whether this is correct or incorrect, I don’t know, but there were definitely little things that led to this perception for me.  Firstly, my interviewer was focused on the finance track and wanted to go into that area.  Secondly, the mock class was a finance cast study class.  Thirdly, a lot of the career information I received was related to banking.  I thought that was a very interesting feeling that I got out of the weekend.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Good food, great company, and definitely educational.  Thanks to Kelly Wilson & everyone at the Admissions Office for planning an awesome weekend!

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